I want to thank the membership of the Louisiana Section of ASCE for its trust and confidence
in allowing me to serve as the new Section President. It is both a responsibility and privilege for which I am eager to take on.
I want to start by thanking those who have gone before me and built this Section into what it currently is. We truly have a
remarkable Section! This is due entirely to the active involvement of our members. The time and resources each of you volunteer
in the Branches, the Institutes, the Student Chapters, and with the Section help to make this section great. With that said,
I do want to single out a few individuals for praise. First I want to thank the immediate Past President’s who I have observed,
learned from, and enjoyed working under: Christopher Knotts, PE; Patrick Landry, PE; and Ronald Schumann, PE. Each of these men
has sacrificed and volunteered to better our profession and our communities. I can also testify that while I know they are happy
with the title of Past-President they have continued to give of their time and energy on behalf of our profession. Next I would
like to specifically thank Nedra Davis our journal editor for the last five years. Nedra faithfully attends every board meeting,
conference, and function of the section no matter the location; deals with late journal articles; and, frustrating printers – yet
consistently delivers an award winning Louisiana Section Journal. Final I would like to thank the incoming officers who will be
serving with me this year. I will be leaning on this last group regularly over the next year to build up the section and benefit
the members. These are not figurehead positions and require regular work and sacrifice for the Louisiana Section to conduct its
business efficiently and effectively.
On September 7th, 2012 the Shreveport Branch hosted the Annual Section Installation & Awards Banquet. Over 45 members attended
the event, which honors the outstanding accomplishments of our members throughout the state. This has truly become one of my
favorite events over the last few years! Hearing about the amazing lives and accomplishments of our members right here in Louisiana
inspires and encourages me to press on and reach new professional goals. The secondary purpose of this meeting is the installation
of the Louisiana Section officers for 2012-2013. They are President Elect: Robert W. Jacobson, PE; Vice President: Pamela A. Gonzales,
PE; Secretary/Treasurer: Christopher G. Humphreys, PE.
As many of you know this last year and a half one of the primary focuses of the Section’s energy has been the composition of the
first Louisiana Section Report Card. This was a tremendous undertaking to gather data on the condition of Louisiana’s infrastructure,
summarize and pull conclusions of those findings, and then concisely communicate those findings to the public and governing officials.
The final documents are an effective tool for communicating the conditions and needs of our infrastructure to the general public.
Thanks again to all of those who made that undertaking a success.